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The Love of God - Part 2 of 2

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September 17, 2020 12:00 am

The Love of God - Part 2 of 2

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September 17, 2020 12:00 am

“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:8).

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The fire, and additional Sharon Bradley Junior welcoming you to another broadcast of the Baptist Bible. Today we continue our message on the love of God. I pray that it will be a blessing and a comfort to you all how we rejoice to think of God's marvelous love/as unworthy shutters by his mercy and grace that we have access to God through the mediator, Jesus Christ. Somebody says well I came to the Lord is a sense in which you come to it by faith. But if you come to limit because he already came to you because it says we love him because he first loved us, so I'm love the Lord all my life. Well, there's a possibility that could be true. I'm sugar since John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit while he was in his mother's womb that he couldn't remember a time that he didn't love the Lord, but for the most part there was a time, you may have gone to the routine of singing songs about the love of Jesus and your love for him, but it may have all been just routine wasn't in depth to it. You didn't really have an experience of grace and then there came that time that the Holy Spirit moved upon you, convicting you of sand showing you what you are by nature and rather than maintaining that spirit of the Pharisee where you looked around and thought about how much better you were than many other people you suddenly the spirit of the public and the crowd God be merciful to him at the center.

I have nothing at all for I have no righteousness of my own new came to love Jesus Christ and by faith to believe upon him, and then his love is displayed manifests in a way that we might not refer to think about. There's a blessing, it nevertheless Hebrews chapter 12 verse five he have forgotten the exhortation which speak of ambiguous children, my son, despise not the chastening of the Lord not think, without rebuke of him get this from the Lord was talking about the love of God going to get on the subject of chastening sound very loving is is a display of God's love the Lord with Jake Smith a lot of modern philosophers. It will tell you that parents should never spank their children that that's an act of violence and convey the wrong message.

But God's word still requires it and God, our heavenly father demonstrates his love for his children.

He loves them so much that he will chastise them and no doubt most of you here today can testify that that's true. You have to say yes there have been times in my life where I know I have gone astray.

I'm grown cold not been negligent in not a deal with me variety of ways in which you may deal with this one. Afflictions and trials come he's putting the chastening rod upon us, and he says my son, despise not the chastening of the Lord not think, without rebuke of him for whom the Lord knew about the chase of an scourge of Emre's son, whom he received. That's the evidence of son to that he is willing to chasten us verse 10 for they verily for a few days chasten to sap their own pleasure talking about our earthly fathers, but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Please see the purpose of the chastisement is not because he wants to inflict pain and make us unhappy. He wants to make us only. He's more concerned about your hold in this city is about your temporary happiness say I'm not very happy when the chastening rod is put on well chastisement wouldn't really be chastisement if it was a lot of fun. It is painful. It's disturbing.

It's troubling, but the purpose and it is that he's going to bring you through it consuming the broths and drawn you more into conformity to the image of his son Jesus Christ and then his love is manifest that grace that sustains us back in Romans chapter 8 talks about some of the things we endured in counter and said in verse 37 we are more than conquerors. That's love. How could we possibly get through the many trials of life. Sometimes it seems that they just come in abundance. One follows another Jack and so many things go wrong at once. How can I have such a heavy burden to carry.

How can I get but here's his promise.

The trials come the difficulties are there but you want to be more than a conqueror on the concrete not only get more than a conqueror because you will learn something in God's name will been glorified thing about the three Hebrews of the cash in the firefighters they were conquerors because the Lord when in the fire with them and help them out but they will more than conquerors that keying you know plan a great festive day when he was going to have everybody bow down or him but I'm confident that when people went back to their villages that they they were talking about the king they were talking about the God of Shadrach me shack in the bed to go that delivered them from the fire. They not only were a conqueror. They were more than a conqueror. And when God blesses you to come through some of your difficulties in you are displaying the fruit of the spirit, to the glory of his name. You have become more than a conqueror. And then there ultimately is that final glory which God's people will enjoy first John chapter 3 verse two loaded now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be, but when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is as hard to fathom that someday we who are in these wing bodies, we who are struggling constantly in the battle against the flesh in the world and the devil will be like him, free from conflict free from struggles free from pain free from disappointment as and then consider the effect of this love.

First of all we really begin to understand it to some degree not we can ever fully final, but the more we understand out at the mall where amazed by amazed by the love of God this passage in first John says he love us here in his love, not that we loved God but that he loved us. He love he who is absolutely holy.

The question would reasonably asked why, why would God love me with all my fault. All my failings.

The fact that I'm an unholy creature. Why would he who is absolutely holy love me he who is all sufficient and needs nothing but said God had to create man because he was lonely. That's not the case, God was never lonely. God is sufficient and needs nothing, but he created man for the glory of his name. He who is sovereign. He was glorious love, he love, love, not just PD, not just spared us but who us. He love us us who really are insignificant creatures from the book of Isaiah chapter 40 and get a picture of how we can insignificant.

We really are.

Verse 15 the whole nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as a small dust of the balance of the holy taken up the aisles is a very small thing. Think about the nations as a drop of a bucket. Think about the teeming multitudes of people that live upon this earth began to drive across the United States go city after city and you think about some of the major cities in the thousands of people that live there and you start comparing yourself rather insignificant individual compared to the multitudes that live here and then consider that the population of the United States is nothing to be compared with what you find in some other countries but as I put them all to gather all the nations there is put together there like the drop of a bucket. So with all of the millions of people that live on this earth combined like the bottom of the bucket what it what is that Mike you what does that make me rather insignificant.

Are we not all the nations. Verse 17 says all the nations before him are as nothing and they are counted to him as less than nothing and vanity. So far God pick you out and say I love you is rather remarkable is he loved us who are nothing. He loves us who are sinfully he loved us who are with Isaiah chapter 53 in verse six said we turned everyone to His Own Way, Salem child. Sometimes it's in the learning process and hasn't quite caught on the parents is doing don't touch that don't go outside yet. Stay inside right now. He owns it or goes out anyway. He touches that objectivity so not to touch and got the right kind of parents are not going to ignore that is going to be consequences to be suffered, there's going to be a spanking to be administered live I had quite caught on.

He's determined I'm going to do what I want to do what I want I want my way, but don't tell me what I can do what I can't do well you see that little child, but that rebellious nature is in us all.

Hopefully learn some lessons as we go along in life and understand are some rules and there's consequences to surveying those rules. The fact is a down deep inside were still a rebel. We turned everyone to his own way, considering them that we were rebellious by nature, that he loved us is amazing indeed were amazed by were humbled by when you consider I'm not worthy of it you not appear before the Lord. So I'm entitled to it. I deserve something I'm not really surprised by because I can think God really should've let me know you're not worthy of and so you give thanks for you know that you are undeserving of it. In spite of all of your wanderings you love us. Hosea chapter 14 reading in the first verse. All Israel returned to the Lord thy God, for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity with you words and turn to the Lord saying to him. Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously. So when we render the calves of our lips.

Asher shall not save us. We shall not ride upon horses, neither shall we say anymore to the work of our hands.

GRI are gods for in vivo fatherless find of mercy. I will heal their backsliding.

I will love them really for mine anger is turn away from.

I will heal their backsliding's about to be able to say what I've stumbled so many times, and backslidden to such a degree at another God would hear me. Here's a promise I will heal their backsliding. Here's how remarkably lovely is is that not public to think that God still loves you freely love you abundantly loves you without causing yourself. Yes, humbled by his love and motivated by his love. If you can give thought to the love of God. How amazing it is.

What a remarkable thing that God would love you as a fallen ruling center give his son pay the price necessary for your soul to be Savior seem to be put away and not be motivated by would indicate that there's still clearly a lack of understanding and maybe a lack of true experience. Second Corinthians chapter 5 verse 14 for the love of Christ constrain of us, because we must judge that if one died for all, then were all dead. The love of Christ, the love that Christ had for us in the love that we in turn have for him because he first loved us.

It constrains us. It controls us. It's pressure that produces action, the love of Christ constrains us as we must judge that if one died for all my get there. Some will take that phrase out and try to prove that Christ died for every human being in the whole human race. If I were the case when he died on the cross he was dying for people who were already in hell he was dying for people and paying their sin that the number one reap the benefits of note is saying. One died for all, then were all dead, all for whom Christ died died in heal his death became their death and that he died for all, that they which live should live, not should not henceforth live in the themselves willing to give him died for them and rose again the love of Christ constrains us what motivation do you have live a godly life. What motivation do you have the spend your time in that which is profitable, although so much time is wasted so much idleness so much emptiness as people pursue the things of the world chic after that which is going to gratify the flesh, but when you think about the love of God, are you not influenced, are you not constrain, are you not motivated. Do you not feel the pressure moving upon you. What I consider this love I must do what Paul then says not living on the myself, but on the him that God be real honest to yourself, how would you respond could you say today I'm living on to him that died for me or are you living on to yourself yourself. The center of all your faults and all of your actions. You seek only to satisfy gratified please yourself or are you living on to Christ, seeing his great love and what he is done for you for the more love moves you to love the passion when looking at in first John chapter 4 says, beloved, if God so loved us. This is verse 11 we ought also to love one another motivate you to love so well. Some people are not all that lovable wrong. I went God loves you and you're not all that little believer so you can turn are to love others, in spite of their false failings and unlovable characteristics.

If God so loved us, we all love one another.

Love will also motivate you to give some people have a real aversion for hearing a preacher talk about money, heard some say it just just irks me when I hear a man getting the stand talk about money.

That's what it's all about.

All are concerned about the money. No apostle Paul spoke to that issue because he says I'm not concerned about my own personal benefit of the support you give me. I'm concerned that you bear fruit.

I'm concerned that you're not guilty of covetousness if your heart is been touched with the love of God giving is not going to be a difficult subject for you not going to resent hearing about you going to do like to hear the biblical instruction on the subject and you don't like to participate, you're going to be a giver. Second Corinthians chapter 5 verse seven says their 4G abound and everything in faith and utterance of knowledge and all diligence and in your love to us see that you abound in this grace also also says there's evidence you love us as a minister the gospel see that you abound in this grace what you talking about is not about the grace of giving. Verse nine for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that he through his poverty might be reach. If you're motivated with the love of God you going to be a generous giver you going to do like to give God loves a cheerful giver that one who's reluctant not one who's hesitant not one who complains not one who is fearful. I better give this less some disaster before me know it's it's it's a matter of giving because you love giving with a heart of Thanksgiving because of God's great mercy upon you for the more you're motivated to obey and follow in every aspect of life. Jesus speaks to that of the 14th chapter, the gospel of John says in the 15th verse, verse, if you love me if you love me, keep my commandments.

Verse 23 Jesus answered and said in a him if a man love me, he will keep my words and my father will love him and we will come unto him and make our abode with love of God leads you to follow Christ and to obey not going to consider his commandments to be hard and difficult going to thank God that love intervened and overcame the resistance in your human nature to the things of God and that you now want to follow honor and obey him, and you serve him because of love and then finally we turn to the book of second Thessalonians reading chapter 3 verse five and the Lord direct your hearts in to the love of God and into the patient waiting for Christ.

Our heart moves toward what it regards as being attractive and satisfy you may have your heart set on making money. You have your heart set on having a fine automobile a fine house, impressive education and next next what life is all about for you.

This is a matter of trying to serve the Lord, little sideline you feel like okay I need to give them a little time on Sunday morning. That's about it.

Your heart moves toward what is appealing to you.

What is satisfying to you that Paul is praying here that your heart be directed to the love of God so if you appreciate on the love of God is all about how amazing and remarkable it is that God the past few monolith what you where you were in the fallen parent item, but God singled you out and love you and sent his son Jesus Christ to die for you and sent the Holy Spirit to shed the love of God abroad in your heart pulling you bringing you to repentance, bringing you to faith in Christ giving you the desire to be here his house today giving you the hope of heaven that someday you will be with them and be like him forever amazing all to star your heart that will motivate you that love to be the thing that dominates above all else. So Paul says more direct your hearts into the love of God and the patient waiting for Jesus Christ.

I pray that your heart will be directed today to the love of God and if you're one who was struggling with some of these issues, they would been a time when you felt like this gospel really didn't mean anything to you because the project talking about a million for centers and you didn't really feel that you were the center, New York perfect, but you really didn't feel you were center I asked the young man one time.

If you were to God.

They appear in the presence of God. On what basis would you expect God to let you live in his head on the minutes of Just say I don't think I'm all that bad. I so I'm here to tell you. You are all like back that if it's left up to your status and your understanding and your conduct you will like there's only one basis on which any of us can expect to have a relationship with God and live with him forever.

And that's through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.

All all all you all all all all all all will and all. Today we bring to the concluding part of the message of the love of God. If you'd like to get the complete message on CD requested when writing this at the Baptist Bible. Our box 17 old, 37, Cincinnati, OH 45217 two. We greet you next time. This is Sherry Bradley Junior bidding you goodbye and may God bless you as is is is all this is nice and all, I will be in all and all

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